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Allen Iverson returning to BIG3 ... but just to coach

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Allen Iverson returning to BIG3 ... but just to coach

Allen Iverson's BIG3 playing days are over.

Or did they ever really begin?

Remember that whole fiasco?

Philly certainly does. If you recall, Iverson did not play when the 3-on-3 league hit Philadelphia on its tour. "The Answer" was expected to do so, drawing a large crowd at the Wells Fargo Center before deciding late that he wasn't taking the hardwood and would only coach.

Iverson followed it up with a no-show in Dallas.

As you can see here, he didn't play much at all in Year 1 of the league.

None of that drama will exist moving forward as the BIG3 announced Monday that Iverson is returning, but strictly in a coaching role for 3's Company.

After all, he is 42 years old and put his body through the wars during his Hall of Fame career.

One cool addition to the league is Metta World Peace, who will actually play under his former name Ron Artest. For more on the players and rosters, click here.

Meanwhile, you'll see A.I. on the sidelines ... we think.

BIG3 suspends Allen Iverson 1 game for skipping Dallas outing

BIG3 suspends Allen Iverson 1 game for skipping Dallas outing

The BIG3 — a 3-on-3 tour filled with washed-up pros and run by a man who calls himself Ice Cube — is no joke. Not even Allen Iverson is too mighty for the league's harsh disciplinary forces.

A.I. received a one-game suspension Wednesday for his recent no-show at BIG3's stop in Dallas, according to a USA TODAY's Adi Joseph.

That means Iverson will miss an Aug. 6 date in Lexington, Kentucky.​ His heartfelt apology Tuesday must not have been enough to clear his name.

The Dallas incident came after his sudden decision to sit out BIG3's night in Philly last month, in which doctors advised him not to play.

Now the decision has been removed from Iverson's control. At least he'll be plenty rested.

Allen Iverson releases statement on his Dallas no-show act for BIG3

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Allen Iverson releases statement on his Dallas no-show act for BIG3

Allen Iverson has spoken … sort of.

"The Answer" has been under some heat lately with Ice Cube's BIG3 league.

First, the Sixers legend didn't play when the league came to Philadelphia, nor did he speak to the media afterwards. Then he was a no-show last Sunday for the league's games in Dallas, without any notice or explanation.

But now we have one.

Iverson posted this statement on his Instagram — and no, it's not a poem or haiku (we think).

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXRCR0HhBSG/?hl=en&taken-by=theofficialai3

If you were expecting a more thorough "answer" (sorry, bad pun), then you're probably still disappointed. Guess we'll just have to stay tuned and hope Iverson shows up moving forward.